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Advantages of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy


Platelet-rich plasma is autologous, meaning it comes from the patient’s body, so it is natural and the injections carry few risks.There are several reasons why osteoarthritis patients might consider platelet-rich plasma injections:

  • Other treatments for mild to moderate osteoarthritis can be unreliable or vary from person to person, and some have side effects or drawbacks:
    • Physical therapy and/or weight loss can often improve but not always eliminate symptoms.
    • Cortisone injections are proven to reduce osteoarthritis pain, but repeated injections can weaken ligaments and tendons over time, and may have a detrimental effect on healthy cartilage.
    • Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as aspirin and ibuprofen can reduce pain, but long-term use can aggravate stomach problems, blood pressure and heart problems.
    • Minor surgeries to treat osteoarthritis, such as arthroscopic debridement, have mixed results, and may be no better than placebo.
    • Joint replacement surgeries are major surgeries that require long-term rehabilitation, and should be reserved for more debilitating cases of arthritis
      • Knee Surgery for Arthritis - but at what cost?
  • While more data are needed, research so far seems to be promising.
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